Matthew Day

Associate Professor of Religion
Dr. Matthew Day (and Freddie)

Contact Information

Area
Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy
Faculty
Office Location
120B Dodd Hall
Email

Background

Matthew Day

I tend to find particular questions all-consuming at one moment and then ontologically dull at another.  This helps to explain why I have written about such disparate subjects as the medicalization of religious dissent in seventeenth-century England, the intersections between Biblical criticism and Darwinian evolutionary theory in the nineteenth century, and the significance of debt when thinking about class and capitalism in the twentieth century.  My primary areas of interest are political and social theory broadly construed—particularly the gnarled past, uncertain present and conceivable futures of the Marxist tradition.  I am currently writing a book on Marx, Marxism and the study of religion for Routledge’s Key Thinkers in the Study of Religion series.  After that, who knows?

I love Oaxocan food, hate having my picture taken, and wish I’d learned Russian in college.  My wife and I have two sons and a Newfoundland who is dumber than a stubbed toe.  We spend our summers bringing a mid-nineteenth century farmhouse into the twenty-first century, sailing the waters of Downeast Maine, and losing the battle to keep red squirrels and field mice out of the attic.

Recent Graduate Seminars

  • Marx, Weber, Bourdieu
  • The Landscapes of American Capitalism

Courses

Upcoming Courses (Spring 2019)
  • REL3142: Religion, Self and Society
  • REL3160: Religion and Science 
Current Courses (Fall 2018)
  • REL3142: Religion, Self and Society
  • REL3160: Religion and Science